By Oxford University Press
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A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford DNB - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain's history. You can download more free biographies from the web site at www.oxforddnb.com.
||CleanGeoffrey Malins, filmmaker and adventurer||A biography by Roger Smither from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||2/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAgnes Cowper, servant and vagrant||A biography by Laura Gowing from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||1/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanVidal Sassoon, hairdresser||A biography by Caroline Cox from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||1/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPenelope Fitzgerald, novelist and biographer||A biography by Richard Ollard from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||12/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFounding Fathers||A biography by R.B. Bernstein from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGrace Darling, heroine||A biography by H.C.G. Matthew from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMary Wollstonecraft, author and advocate of women's rights||A biography by Barbara Taylor from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJoe Orton, playwright||A biography by Michael Arditti from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||10/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTolpuddle Martyrs||A biography by C.V.J. Griffiths from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
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These are eclectic and well researched vignettes about people in history that may or may not be well known. They vary from the famously indiscreet (Profumo) to one of the world's most famous swimmers that you probably never heard of (Webb). The variety and depth of each story leaves you wanting more even though much of the drama of their lives is delivered in a flat, academic tone. These are well worth downloading.
It’s an ideal use of the format: these short programmes are consistently well-produced, varied and memorable. Lives told in simple and unscientific terms have often the poetry of good facts as well as the exoticism of good fables. The Oxon DNB is a good thing well made.
Excellent... more please
Comprehensive, these are amongst the better read history podcasts. From the famous to the obscure these are all interesting. Some people truly only need 5 minutes others much more. Only wish they came out more often and there were more of them.